Earth Day Symposium

The Symposium is an annual educational and networking event for local government, community leaders and planning professionals. It provides tools for implementing environmental initiatives in new projects throughout the St. Louis area.

2015 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium
LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

WHEN: June 3, 2015

  • Registration and breakfast begin at 8am
  • Presentations begin at 8:30am
  • Poster Session starts at 4:00pm and includes a reception for all attendees.

WHAT: The Earth Day Symposium provides educational and networking opportunities for local government officials, community leaders, and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the planning and environmental fields. This year’s Symposium will be focused on “Livable Communities.”

WHERE: St. Louis University ll Monastero, St. Louise Room
3050 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Il Monastero Banquet Center is 1/2 mi East of Grand and 1/2 mi West of Jefferson on the NE corner of the SLU main campus.  There is limited parking available on-site and a parking garage at the corner of Compton and Olive.

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Early Pricing
April 15 – May 8

Regular Pricing
May 9- May 27

Regular $65 $75
Sponsor discount $55 $65
Student $30 $35
Poster presenter only complimentary complimentary
Poster presenter with Symposium registration $45 $45
Poster presenter with Symposium registration, student discount $20 $20
On a tight schedule? Join us for the morning keynote, lunch plenary session or afternoon reception! $25
Group, regular registration for the first attendee is full price, each additional attendee is 25% off
Group, nfp/gov registration for the first attendee is full price, each additional attendee is 30% off

Scholarships and discounts available to ensure access for all those interested. Contact cassie@stlouisearthday.org for consideration.

2015 Program Overview

photo credit: Olivia Engel

New urban greenery. Photo credit: Olivia Engel

Attendees will learn about current and future sustainability practices that are changing the face of our cities and neighborhoods, while creating a positive environmental, social, and political impact in our communities. Focus will be on transportation, food, biodiversity and community within a livable community. Attendees will also learn about successes in communities across the U.S. and how those projects are being used as models here at home. Presenters include national and local experts.

Through an interdisciplinary approach and networking opportunities, attendees will connect and engage with others, understand their work in a greater context, and learn from both peers and regional experts. 

Topics:

  • Transportation: Alternative transportation; safe, accessible walkways and bike ways; Complete Streets
  • Food: Local food production; residential composting; food hubs; equal access to healthy, local food; addressing challenges
  • Biodiversity: Green infrastructure; soil health and pollination; land labs; rain gardens
  • Community: Environmental justice; green jobs; urban economic development; neighborhood greenways

Agenda Now Available!

Documentation provided for self reporting Continuing Educational/Professional Development Credits. (ASCE, APA, AICP, ASLA)

Call for Proposals:

Symposium Partners & Sponsors

American Planning Association – St. Louis Metropolitan Section  •  American Society of Civil Engineers – St. Louis (Environmental and Water Resources Group)  •  American Society of Landscape Architects  •  East-West Gateway Council of Governments  •  Franciscan Sisters of Mary  •  Great Rivers Greenway  •  Greenway Network • Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis  •  Madison County Planning and Development  •  Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District – Project Clear• Missouri American Water • Missouri Botanical Garden – Earthways Center •  Missouri Department of Conservation • Missouri Department of Natural Resources  •  Regional Chamber of Commerce • SCI Engineering  • St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium • Saint Louis University – Center for Sustainability • US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter • Washington University • Whole Foods Market

Symposium Planning Committee

Year after year, the Symposium is stitched together by a team of volunteer professionals and community leaders under the facilitation of St. Louis Earth Day. Without their help, the event would pale in comparison to the vibrant program that returns year after year. Their expertise helps identify the most pressing environmental issues of the day and recruit top-notch speakers from across the region.  Meet the 2015 committee members.

Interested in being part of our planning committee?
Contact: director@stlouisearthday.org to get involved.